Joe Biden’s First Campaign Stop: Philadelphia

Joe Biden looking up and clasping hands together onstage
Then-Vice President Joe Biden speaks at the Center for American Progress in 2009. Photo by Center for American Progress/Flickr. Licensed under CC BY-ND 2.0

Former Vice President Joe Biden announced he will run for president in 2020, a declaration that pundits and political watchers have been anticipating for weeks. This will be his third time vying for the presidency, and he’s joining a very crowded field. Not surprisingly, he’s chosen to launch the campaign close to his old stomping grounds: in Philadelphia.

His first event as a declared candidate will take place tonight at the Mt. Airy home of Rhonda and David L. Cohen, both active members of the Jewish community and 2017 Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia campaign co-chairs. David L. Cohen is the senior executive president of Comcast Corp. and the couple’s house has served as a warm embrace for other politicians’ fundraisers in the past, including Biden’s former boss, President Barack Obama, as well as former presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.

Other hosts of the fundraiser include Sandy and Steve Cozen; Marcia and Ron Rubin; former Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell (whose 1991 campaign was successfully managed by David L. Cohen); lawyers Ken Jarin and Alan Kessler; Independence Blue Cross CEO Dan Hilferty; former Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter; Comcast Corp. Vice President of Community Investment Charisse Lillie, Michael Glatt, former U.S. Rep. Bob Brady and former state Sen. Connie Williams.

Invited guests include a number of Pennsylvania legislators: Sen. Bob Casey, Rep. Brendan Boyle, Rep. Matt Cartwright, Rep. Madeleine Dean, Rep. Dwight Evans, Rep. Chrissy Houlahan and Rep. Mary Gay Scanlon.

Casey, who has a long history of support for the Jewish community and for Israel, came  out early with an endorsement of Biden, releasing a statement less than an hour after Biden announced.

The fundraiser asks donors for $2,800, the maximum allowed under federal law. It has been covered by a number of local and national news outlets.



  1. One another person will be in attendance. Someone I grew up with in Cherry Hill, who is now the wonderful son-in-law of Vice President Biden. His name is Howard Krein, who met his wife while she was doing social work at Jefferson University; he still practices in its E.N.T. department. Krein’s parents are strong in their support of Israel.


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